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Dinajpur litchis await export to France after bumper yield

The litchis of Dinajpur are very popular all over Bangladesh because of their taste and sweetness

Update : 31 May 2023, 11:12 PM

Measures have been taken to export litchis from Dinajpur to a number of countries, including France–a development that stakeholders hope will massively benefit local farmers alongside boosting the country's export earnings.

In line with the move, the authorities concerned have initiated the process to send the litchis with the help of the French embassy in Bangladesh and French importers.

Rangpur Divisional Commissioner Md Habibur Rahman was speaking on the matter during a views-exchange meeting at the Dinajpur deputy commissioner's office on Tuesday.

Stating that a whopping 72% people of Dinajpur are dependent on agriculture, he said: “Rice, litchis, mangoes and maize grow aplenty in the district.

“Aromatic rice produced in Dinajpur has a great demand abroad too. We have plans to turn the agriculture-based district into an industry-dependent one.”

Litchis are grown all over Bangladesh, but the favourable climate and soil conditions in some northern districts, such as Dinajpur, are much more conducive to the growth of the fruit. The litchis of Dinajpur are very popular all over the country because of their taste and sweetness. 

It may be recalled that in March, Nuruzzaman Miah, Deputy Director of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), stated that the government had already decided to export Dinajpur litchis to western countries.

The target of litchi cultivation was 4,480 hectares in the district this year, he said.

Meanwhile, growers in the district have been cultivating high-yielding varieties, among which are China-3, Bedana, Bombay and Madrasi and Kathali in their orchards following repeated bumper productions and high prices.

A bumper litchi production is expected this season, according to Nuruzzaman. 

A 15-year-old tree can produce around 10,000 to 15,000 litchis annually. Litchi cultivation in the district has increased every year since it is deemed profitable. 

“If the weather is favourable and there is no natural disaster, there will be a record amount of litchi yield in the district,” Nuruzzaman hoped.

Ashraful Islam, assistant director of the DAE, said the China-3 litchi yield was not very good due to bad weather and natural calamities last year. 

Therefore, special attention was given to China-3 litchi orchards this time around, Ashraful maintained.  

Our Dinajpur Correspondent Md Faruk Hossain contributed to this report.

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